Nevada authorities find human remains in Lake Mead twice in one week: NPR


A buoy lies on the ground on a closed boat launch on Lake Mead near Boulder City, Nevada, August 13, 2021.

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Nevada authorities find human remains in Lake Mead twice in one week: NPR

A buoy lies on the ground on a closed boat launch on Lake Mead near Boulder City, Nevada, August 13, 2021.

John Locher/AP

Authorities discovered more human remains in Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir by volume, located east of Las Vegas.

The National Park Service said rangers responded after a witness reported human skeletal remains at Callville Bay in Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Saturday.

The Clark County medical examiner was called to determine the cause of death, the service said, and the investigation is ongoing.

It was the second time in a week that human remains had been discovered at Lake Mead. On Sunday, May 1, boaters spotted a barrel that was later determined to contain human remains, the Associated Press reported.

Lake Mead’s water levels have plummeted after two decades of drought made worse by climate change, with federal and state authorities recently reaching a $200 million deal to keep the reservoir viable on which millions of people rely.

But authorities had warned the public that falling water levels in Lake Mead could lead to the discovery of more bodies hidden below the surface.

“I would say there’s a very good chance we’ll find more human remains as the water levels go down,” Las Vegas police Lt. Ray Spencer told KLAS-TV after the incident. discovery of the first remains.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a news release that it believes the victim discovered on May 1 was shot and killed. Investigators said the victim was likely killed in the mid-1970s to early 1980s based on clothing and shoes found with the remains.

Authorities were still trying to identify the victim.


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